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March 28, 1991 (301) 504-0580

Release # 91-052

Bee International Recalls "Ma and Baby Bunny" Toys Due to Choking Hazard

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bee International, City of Commerce, CA is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,000 "Ma and Baby Bunny" toys because the plastic eyes may separate from the Baby Bunny creating small parts that pose a potential choking hazard for young children.

"Ma and Baby Bunny" are plush rabbit-shaped toys. The "Ma Bunny" stands approximately 12-1/2 inches tall and is either bright pink and white or yellow and white in color. The "Baby Bunny" is approximately six inches tall and is held in the arms of Ma Bunny. The toy was purchased as part of an Easter basket, model number BK101. The Easter baskets also included a variety of candy and novelty items and were sold nationwide by retail gift and specialty stores during the 1988 and 1989 Easter seasons. The "Ma and Baby Bunny" toy was not included with Easter baskets sold during the 1990 Easter season and will not be included in Easter baskets sold during the 1991 Easter season. A label located at the bottom of Ma Bunny reads in part, "Bee International, Commerce, CA 90040, Made in China."

Neither the CPSC nor Bee International is aware of any injuries involving this product. This voluntary recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Consumers who purchased the Easter baskets, model number BK101, may keep Ma Bunny, however, consumers are urged to take Baby Bunny away from young children immediately and return the toy directly to Bee International, 6817 Acco Street, Commerce, CA 90040, Attention: Greg Hall, for a $1.00 refund of the price Baby Bunny would have sold for if purchased separately from Ma Bunny plus shipping costs. For more information about this recall, consumers may call Bee International at 1-213-728-0717.

The potentially hazardous toys were discovered during a CPSC inspection of the firm.

The CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for consumer product safety. Some 15,000 kinds of consumer products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an estimated 30 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to